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Last updated: June 27, 2005
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June 2005 launch report (6/27/2005)

On Saturday, June 25th, MASA held its fourth launch of the year.  This was the second MASA launch at the new site near Nowthen.

Unlike the April launch, the weather was darn-near perfect.  Skies were clear and sunny.  The breeze was light and variable out of the east.  A good-sized crew of MASA members came out to fly lots of rockets.

Prez. Mike Erpelding put in stellar duty with launch equipment and range setup.  Mike deserves a big round of applause!  Let's all be sure to help out at launches this year; Mike can't do everything (and he shouldn't have to!)

Thanks to everyone who helped pack up the range at the end of the day.

Thanks to the LCO/RSO volunteers:  Ken Jarosch, Mike Erpelding, Alan Estenson, David Whitaker, Ted Cochran, Glen Overby (apologies if I've forgotten anyone!)

The theme for the day was "multi-staging" and quite a few 2-stage rockets took to the air.

16 G-powered rockets were launched.  That's more than at any MASA launch since 2003!

A few of the flights:

MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the launch! 

Ted Cochran writes:

Great day for launching!

The wind wasn't as bad as forecast. We got there just before noon, and spent three hours on site. Flew the Ring Hawk, which still looks like it could use a tad more nose weight, as it flew down more like a backslider for part of its journey. The scissors wing flew straight as an arrow downwind. The Silver Comet got in its 55th flight, but the first one on an E30--It's flown on everything from a C6-3 (using an adapter) to an F32... Finally, Phobos got some air on a G80-4. Thanks to Mike for hauling out a ton of gear!

Alan Estenson writes:

It was a very nice day.  The breeze occasionally picked up a bit and made the walk a little longer, but hey, it was still a very nice day.  Remember, model rocketry is a nice walk that's occasionally interrupted by a few seconds of smoke and noise.  There were many great flights, and the launch range was kept busy.

Due to the wind direction, the small "pond" (wide area of the irrigation ditch) just west of the launch range came into play during recovery.  Since one of his rockets was the first to affect splashdown, this body of water was dubbed "Overby Pond".  Quite a few rockets followed over the course of the day, and Glen's telescoping pole was used a number of times to fish wayward rockets out of the slimy green water.

I missed the range setup, but stayed all day and assisted with range cleanup.  I managed 15 flights, and I'm embarrassed to admit that they were my first flights of the year.  Four rockets that I built over the winter saw their first flights.  Two tube fin rockets, Diamond 'lil and Red Varmint, took to the skies on B motors.  Plans for these two will appear in a future issue of the Planet.  Polarized, a stretched and modified Estes Polaris, was flown on a C11-5.  And, of course, the Screaming Yellow Zonker (a Screamin' Mimi that ended up with tube fins) flew on an E9-6 and then on an F21-8.

The Details:

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form, requires version 6 or newer of the Acrobat reader)

The totals were:  158 flights, 177 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 4030 Ns with an average total impulse of 22.8 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 0





















(Alan Estenson)

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